In Super League, there has never been an ‘invincible’ side like Arsenal in the Premier League in 2003/04, Dewsbury Rams in 2009 or indeed Keighley Cougars last season in League One.
In general, the teams at the top lose about five league games per season. However, some sides have come close to invincibility.
Here are the teams who came closest to invincibility.
St Helens – 1996
In the first ever Super League season, St Helens won the title by virtue of finishing top of the pile and they were brilliant as they did losing just two of their 22 league games. They only lost to Wigan and Bradford in a three week period.
Wigan Warriors – 1996
That season, Wigan were just one point behind the Saints after they drew one fixture. They lost to St Helens and Bradford but it was an 18-all draw against London Broncos which cost them.
Bradford Bulls – 1997
A year later, Bradford ran away to the Super League title winning games they had no right to such as their amazing comeback against Halifax. They were the side who came closest to an invincible season winning their first 20 games and only losing their last two against second place London and Wigan.
Wigan Warriors – 1998
It was perhaps easier to go the season unbeaten at the start of Super League due to the fact they were only playing 22 games. In 1998, Wigan only lost twice both against second place Leeds Rhinos. In the end they beat them when it mattered at Old Trafford.
Leeds Rhinos – 2004
In a 28 game season, Leeds won 24 of their fixtures but only lost twice drawing with Wigan Warriors 12-all and London 36-all. Their only defeats were against St Helens away and Wigan away.
St Helens – 2019
In recent time, it was St Helens who came closest to an invincible season. They only lost three of their 29 games. Remarkable, two defeats came against eventually relegated London Broncos who seem to be the side always getting involved with those trying for an unbeaten season.